Rackspace Hosting Releases Pre-Packaged Mobile Cloud Stacks for Developers

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Cloud hosting and web hosting provider Rackspace Hosting announced on Tuesday it has released its new mobile cloud stacks, which are designed to help developers design, build, test, deploy and scale mobile apps in the hybrid cloud.

The move comes a month after Rackspace Hosting launched its Open Cloud Academy educational program to instruct organizations on cloud technology.

Rackspace’s new cloud stacks are pre-configured and designed to deliver an optimized environment for developing mobile apps.

Although Rackspace currently hosts many mobile apps, the prepackaged mobile cloud stacks will make it easier for developers and companies to deploy these apps.

News of the pre-packaged mobile cloud stacks comes the same week as Rackspace competitor Salesforce announced it is enhancing its mobile software development kit with the release of “quick start” packs to boost HTML5 or hybrid mobile applications.

The mobile market continues to grow at a rapid rate. A recent IDC report projected that mobile technologies will account for nearly 57 percent of the IT industry’s overall growth in 2013, while 33 percent of all new apps will target mobile environments.

In keeping with its mobile market focus, Rackspace says it is also launching a new ecosystem of partners to further strengthen its mobile cloud platform.

The partner ecosystem will give developers access to software developer kits, push services, mobile backend-as-a-service, testing and monitoring capabilities from companies such as FeedHenry, StackMob, and Trigger.io, Sencha, New Relic, and SOASTA.

The latter recently launched CloudTest Enterprise Edition, a new cloud performance testing solution that integrates data center infrastructure and private clouds with external clouds like Rackspace Hosting.

“Mobile technology is disrupting all industries. Businesses, from startups to enterprises, are aggressively building out their mobile presence. By launching a powerful new ecosystem, we are enabling mobile developers to innovate faster,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. “Our pre-configured mobile stacks were developed based on our experience with hosting thousands of complex applications. These stacks are reducing complexity for mobile developers who no longer have to reinvent the wheel every time they build and deploy mobile apps. By wrapping Fanatical Support around these new mobile tools and capabilities, we’ve created a unique developer experience that’s unmatched in the market.”

Talk back: Are you currently offering mobile cloud stacks for developers? Do you think this new product will help position Rackspace Hosting as a leader in the mobile cloud application market? Let us know in a comment.

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